Click the images to see more. Ok, yes, that IS an iphone on TasteSpotting... its showing off 101Cookbooks.com's iphone ready site. But seriously, being in giddy hungry TasteSpotting mood today, here's a taste of what's been showing up over there lately for anyone that hasn't checked in to get some culinary inspiration.
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Our little TasteSpotting is growing up fast! Freshly submitted to TasteSpotting: the Debonair Magazine Food Blog Awards. And we're totally blushing over here. Honored to be given "Best Food Blog Directory", which i guess in some regard we can be considered a blog... and a directory... although personally i never really thought of us as either, but more of something that had a few characteristics of each. Anyhow, i digress. We're listed with some of our favorites - a few being: Chez Pim, Nordjus, Chocolate & Zucchini, Midtown Lunch, 101 Cookbooks, Eater, and more!
What is one to think when your favorite candy company comes out with an incredibly gorgeous line of absinthe products... with some of the most breathtaking graphics and packaging? Chic City Rats pointed out this collection, and noted that Torino based, Pastiglie Leone is turning 150 this year! (If you're feeling nice and seeing this in france or italy, send some over!) Far more pics below...
Click the pics to find out more. Happy Monday! For all your food cravings, here are a quick 5 picks from TasteSpotting that were visually inspiring to me today. We've got real belgian waffles, cock crests, yao tiew (chinese donuts? although i grew up having them be savory in porridge), fresh ravioli, and some fresh springy pasta.
Click the square to find out what it is! Same deal as the .org roundups, except its dinner time PST, so if you happen to still be (over)working and forgot to get food yet, here's a little something courtesy of the incredible food community at TasteSpotting to whet your appetite, or inspire your inner chef.
Every now and then, a series of images comes along and just blows your mind. I couldn't stop laughing, and then just kind of staring amazement at the micro scale "cooking" going on here ~ my friend is calling them Freebase Pancakes. How one even comes up with a concept such as this amazes me. See full set of imagery below. via Random Stuff
Ahhhh Chipotle, how we love thee. Yes, we have a bit of a Chipotle addiction going over at NOTCOT... we jest that there is crack in the rice (don't worry, to the best of our knowledge there isn't, just some sugar and cilantro) because since the college days in SD we keep coming back for more... even if it is efficiently run by the mcdonalds folks... Not to mention they have just great graphic design, and playful marketing.
Here's a quick roundup testing out some new adventures in coding... all image maps, so click away up there to test out some of this weeks goodies on .org and TasteSpotting... everything from whiteboards evolving into gorgeously framed frosted glass, more diy print+cut toys, magical undo (crtl+z) cream, princess cake, baked pancakes, and rolled lasagna...
I've still yet to come to a conclusion on whether casting something in silver makes it really valuable, but i do still love what bittersweets has been doing with cocktail swords and vampire teeth (my unofficial jeweler of choice). However, there is something so playful, yet purchasable about Theo Fennell's silver for condiments... from Heinz sleeves and caps, to Marmite caps... even a redbull sleeve! And my personal fave the Haagen Daz sleeve! (as well as others, as can been see in the pics and the site).
Happy *belated* Birthday, Helvetica! Check out this incredible cake that Matt Michaluk and friends made.... absolutely gorgeous, and making me a bit hungry this morning... more images here. And a MUST SEE video of the cake eating in action below... (via Swiss Miss!)
So apparently my laziness on the org/tastespotting roundups lately has bothered some enough to request them back... so not only will i try to start doing them every tuesday... i even gave it an image map, so you can click directly on the pictures to go to the actual notcot.org and tastespotting posts (you can tell which one it was on the page, from the specially colored post numbers ~ well, that and recognizing which pic you just came from!)... Top row are some fun things from org, bottom row are tastespotting yummies. There has been so much great stuff on both lately, its been hard to keep up!
Somewhere in the cross section of design, food, and fashion (yes, picture the ven diagram here) ~ you will find APRONS... and they are getting sexier, more playful, and far too cute to wear only in the kitchen now. I've shown you the adorable aprons of Jessie Steele before, but check out the latest selection from Anthropologie. So with all the deliciousness to learn to cook on Tastespotting, i think its time i invest in one (or two, or a few?) cooking outfits!
Mmmm York Mints... the packaging makes me drool as much as the mints i think... but on the black and white tin... as much as i love the typography of the old school tin, the Nicole Miller black and white is just gorgeous. These are a collaboration between Hersheys and Young Survival Coalition, an organization that unites young women against breast cancer.
Bubble Wrap and chocolate lovers rejoice! Latest discovery in SF that i'm addicted to... De Lessio's Bubble Wrap Chocolate. It's incredible. Addictive. SO SO GOOD. Picked up slabs of the 72% Dark Chocolate with Peet's Espresso Beans, Bittersweet with Almond and Raisins, and Milk Chocolate with Peanut Butter. But visually its fascinating that it really does look like bubble wrap (with deflated bubbles)... the real question is... do they pour their chocolate on bubble wrap? is it some crazy mold? how does it work?
For the last month, i've never been hungrier, and my cravings have never been more bizarre... and the one thing they all have in common is imagery on tastespotting. So here's a nice little roundup of some of the deliciousness thats been haunting me and dramatically raising the bar for the food in my life. So go browse, drool, explore, and start cooking even!
Today is Tastespotting's 1 month anniversary, and the first of hopefully many exclusive Tastespotting dinners to come. Tonight we descended upon the Penthouse at the Huntley in Santa Monica, and we couldn't have picked a better night. With such a clear night, the view was absolutely breathtaking... something about being 18 floors up discussing great design, delicious delicacies, and the future of notcot was just surreal. The Penthouse only opened about a week and a half ago, so it was fun to break in a new neighborhood spot even younger than our month old Tastespotting. Quick snapshots below of the aspects of the night that grabbed me most...
I have been leaning towards food and drink lately since the birth of Tastespotting (1 month anniversary this week already!) ~ but to be honest its been a whole new world of inspiration opened up to me! So on that note... where food and design intersect... i was blown away last night by the brilliance of the naming of Curious Fork / Furious Cork (BRILLIANT!) ~ as well as its logo branding... and really just that when its so hard to find a good domain these days, that they have that one. And i found it through The Ghetto Gourmet (who also has a great logo)...
So what is the Curious Fork and the Furious Cork? An alternative wining & dining network... Tastespotting might need to try and join up with these folks.
So in lieu of a proper roundup, or even a massive roundup to make up for it ~ here's a V-day roundup, since seldom will you see this much pink, red, and hearts on NOTCOT. Love/Hate cards, Free Vday Photoshop Brushes (no this should NOT count as your present to that special someone), Heart and Arrow Necklace, Kahlua infused heart shaped brownie ice cream sandwiches, glossy red raspberry ganache filled, opulent white choc coated hearts in gorgeous signature circular Pierre Marcolini boxes, and last but not least heart shaped plum cakes waiting patiently for the oven.
Yes, you read that right. Unlaid eggs... not tomatoes - the image caption from the NYT reads "DELICACY Unlaid eggs, from hens destined for the soup pot, being cured in salt at Blue Hill in Greenwich Village." It makes me feel a little ill imagining what these are exactly... yet visually they are absolutely mesmerizing (oh the things i've been learning from Tastespotting)
NYT Excerpt: Mr. Barber, the chef and an owner of Blue Hill in Greenwich Village and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills in Westchester County, had just been introduced to the wonders of eggs that are described, with varying degrees of delicacy, as immature, unborn, unlaid or embryonic. In plain English, these are eggs that have not been laid and are sometimes discovered when an elderly laying hen is slaughtered.
I would buy this olive oil based on packaging alone... and then hope its nearly as good as the graphic design. Something about the mix of bold powerful fonts mixed with wax seals and cork stoppers with traditional crests that just grabs me. "The Simunovich Olive Estate, a privately owned olive plantation in New Zealand produces premium quality extra virgin olive oil and an extensive range of olive oil skincare & beauty products." I also love their story about the origin of olive oil (more below...)
Can it be? Massive chain Pret a Manger ~ is giving away all their secrets AND incorporating some brilliant and witty food photography as well? Apparently so! "We want to share the magic of Pret food with our loyal customers, so we’ve done a very odd thing and decided to reveal our secrets by telling you our recipes! Find a selection of them here, and also on our packaging, bags and postcards. A photographer called Jorgen Ahlstrom took the weird DIY photos." Another collage of my favorites from the DIY recipe cards below... b/c well, WHY did they have to make me sit and click through EVERY pdf to see all the pics?
The last few days (between the Tastespotting launch and having adventures in SF) ~ my head has been stuck in the more theoretical side of design and where the web is heading... also in food. [Did you SEE the frito pie and the Hollywood on a cupcake???]
So while delving deeply into the potentials and ramifications that come with social networks, social shopping, and the flipside - privacy and editorial layers, and how to strike a perfect balance between them all while embracing user contributed content models... i've found myself radar-ing a lot. So up there are a few sneak peeks into my world this weekend as seen by my radar friends... from my dollar fifty "FRICTION POWERED" SPACE RAZER ~ new no laptop signage ~ tastespotting as seen on my wii ~ shade elaine and i watercoloring web design ~ plastic martinellis ~ gorgeous views ~ and caramel shots...
So just to throw it out there ~ what is your take on public vs private on the web? social vs exclusive? how differently do you act when on display... or knowing that all you say is google/youtubed? And is there any interest in joining a NOTCOT secret society? maybe starting via mobile pics/vids on radar? Shade Elaine and i were kicking around the idea ~ curious if there's any interest ~